Dr. Roger Brissenden is Deputy Director of the Harvard-Smithsonian
Center for Astrophysics. He also serves as Manager of the Chandra
X-ray Center and Flight Director for the Chandra X-ray Observatory
Brissenden joined SAO in 1990 and from 1993 supervised the
development, testing and operation of the Science Center and the
Chandra Observatory's Operations Control Center. As Flight Director he
is responsible for the operation of the Chandra mission, an orbiting
X-ray telescope, and one of NASA's four great observatories.
Brissenden's scientific interests include broad-band spectral energy
distributions of extra-galactic X-ray sources and developing the
foundations for the next generation of X-ray telescopes.
Brissenden is an Associate of the Harvard College Observatory, a
member of the American Astronomical Society, and is Chair or member of
a number of committees that review the operations of present and
future Space Science missions. His awards include the NASA
Distinguished Public Service Medal and the "Silver Snoopy" the
personal award of the Space Shuttle crew for contributions to mission
He earned a B.Sc., (First Class Honors) in Physics from the University
of Adelaide, Australia (1985), and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the
Australian National University (1990).